As SpaceX's first official statement on Twitter unveiled, the rocket explosion occurred before the countdown during a pre-launch testing procedure, destroying the launch vehicle and its payload. The aerospace company said that the cause of theexplosion is an unknown “anomaly” and no lives were lost during the incident.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explosion took place approximately at 9:07 am ET at the company’s Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40, during a standard testing procedure called pre-launch static fire test. The test is conducted just before the actual countdown for launching to make sure that the equipment is working properly and everything is in position.

Immediately after the explosion, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida set up Roadblocks around the AF Station and issued a notice to the general public to avoid entrance to CCAFS. The Air Force Base (@45thSpaceWing) actively tweeted updates about post-explosion counter-measures. In the latest one, they requested the public to report any identified debris from the rocket explosion.

The aerospace company is investigating what caused the rocket explosion. As a preliminary statement they have clarified that “there was an anomaly on the pad” but the standard procedure, the pad was cleared and no casualties or injuries were reported.

Facebook’s ambitions to supersize its Internet.org also washed with the flames. The payload of the failed Falcon 9 mission was Facebook’s much-awaited Amos 6 satellite that was supposed to bring internet access to low-access Saharans, the Middle East and Europe.

Falcon 9 rocket launch was due to take place on September 3, Saturday to complete the company’s Mission CRS-8.

But after 9/01’s SpaceX rocket explosion, further launches are expected to be delayed.

Highlights

SpaceX founder Elon Musk highlighted on Twitter that the Falcon 9 rocket explosion was caused during “propellant fill operation” which “originated around upper stage oxygen tank.” He also delayed the announcement about TeslaAutopilot improvements till the end of the weekend.

According to the president of NextGen LL, Charles Miller the fault could be in the ground equipment. "It might be something that has nothing to do with the launch vehicle,"he told The Verge. He, however, reserved himself by saying that a root cause must be found before jumping to conclusions.

In a later tweet in reply to Eric Brown (@Scrappydog) Musk said that it was a fireball, not an explosion. He also pointed out that theDragon escape podis capable of surviving such accidents.

Yesterday, NASA clarified it was too early to “tell” whether the incident affected the SpaceX cargo launches to the International space station.

But at the same time, NASA’s green light to a launch on eighth September with another contractor is worth noticing.

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